30 Fresh Dinners for Every Day of June
The weather is warm, school is out, and everyone is asking, "What's for dinner?" This month you won't have to ponder that question for long, with our best in-season recipes for June. Featuring the ripest produce, grilled favorites, and plenty of bold flavors, these summertime dinners will be on repeat far beyond June.
Turkey Spaghetti Zoodles
By the time it's June, the zucchini bounty in backyards and farmers' markets is overflowing. Put them to good use as twirlable zoodles, all dressed up in a hearty turkey Bolognese.
Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork
There's no need to stand over a smoker or grill all day to enjoy barbeque. This pulled pork is made entirely in the slow cooker, giving you plenty of time to create seasonal sides or simply enjoy the summertime weather.
The classic sandwich is reincarnated into a bright and bold pizza. The bacon and tomato pizza is baked until golden brown, then topped with seasoned shredded lettuce.
Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Sesame
Get dinner on the table in under half an hour with this easy meal. Chewy soba noodles combine with filling chicken and fresh veggies to create a wow-worthy salad.
Zucchini and Ground Beef Skillet
A skillet is all you need to create this stick-to-your-ribs summer dinner. Zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions team up with ground beef and plenty of rich cheese make an all-in-one meal.
Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa
Pork and apples often get all the love, but one bite of this recipe featuring nectarines will convince you to try other fruity pairings with your tenderloin, chops, or ribs. Each bite is flavored with salsa made from sweet nectarines, tangy lime juice, spicy red pepper flakes, and earthy cumin.
For a sandwich that will fill you up, but not weigh you down, reach for the banh mi. Loaded up with quick pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, and fiery jalapeños, it's anything but boring.
Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak
Your standard Caprese salad gets a summery upgrade with the addition of leftover grilled steak. "This is a fresh, healthy, easy-to-make salad with a twist," says cookinmama.
Cucumber and Avocado Sushi
Sushi is an excellent way to serve up summer's bounty of fresh veggies, and these cucumber-avocado rolls are a prime example. Don't forget some soy sauce and wasabi on the side for dipping.
Juiciest Hamburgers Ever
What better time to perfect your burger game than during the summer? Reviewer Christi raves, "Wow, these burgers were VERY juicy, even though I used very low fat meat."
Delightfully light and crispy, you'll want to make a big batch of these fish tacos for second (or even third) helpings. "I cannot believe how delicious the beer batter was" says Chuck Sampson. "It's such a simple recipe, but it's so light and crispy and scrumptious. The white sauce was very, very good."
Tomato Basil Penne Pasta
Use the year's best fresh tomatoes in this Mediterranean-inspired dish. The trio of cheeses — mozzarella, Parmesan, and pepperjack — make it delightfully decadent.
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
Make dinner vacation-worthy with these kabobs inspired by the flavors of the Hawaiian islands. "I love when so few simple ingredients combine to create something really special. This was wonderful served with rice," says reviewer Jillian.
Spinach Pesto Chicken Breasts
Packed with June's best vegetable options, this French classic ratatouille is bursting with eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Serve with a slice of crusty bread for soaking up the extra juices.
Chicago-Style Hot Dog
Say bye to boring hot dogs! This Chicago-style version has every flavor you could want: Salty, sour, spicy, and sweet.
Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa
"Don't let the list of ingredients fool you: this is super-easy, and gets rave reviews whenever I serve it," says recipe creator Naomi Witzke. "The salsa can be made the day ahead to save time. Strawberries can be substituted for the mango if you prefer--both are excellent! Combine leftover salsa with some drained black beans the next day for lunch."
Grilled Portobello with Basil Mayonnaise Sandwich
Get a hefty portion of your daily dose of vegetables in this hearty vegetarian spin on a burger. "I love the basil mayo," says melissacooks. "And the portobello tasted better than a regular burger!"
Tequila-Lime Pork Tenderloin
Marinated in a trio of lime juice, tequila, and orange juice, this pork tenderloin is infused with fresh flavor. Best part? You can freeze one tenderloin after marinating if you'd like an easy-to-grill dinner on stand-by for the future.
Fresh Tomato Pie
Rich and creamy, with the tangy sweetness of fresh tomatoes, this savory pie is sure to become a summertime staple in your home. "A real winner!" raves Michelle W. "I made this for a family get together and everyone loved it. I had four requests for the recipe."
Zucchini Artichoke Summer Salad
"I made up this salad because our garden is simply overflowing with zucchini," shares homecookingtheworldover. The recipe features hearty pieces of chicken breast, tangy artichoke hearts, tender zucchini slices, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
Cauliflower Rice and Beans Fajita Bowls
Swapping cauliflower rice in for grains keeps this fajita bowl light but filling. Each bite is dressed up with pinto beans, cojita cheese, fresh cilantro, and a sprinkling of crunchy pepitas.
Zucchini Pizza Bake
Craving pizza but have a glut of zucchini to use up? Get the best of both worlds with this handy recipe. Reviewer USAinGERMANY says, "FANTASTIC!! We are serious pizza lovers and this recipe is just as good as any pizza but chock full of veggies too!"
Farmer's Market Vegetarian Quesadillas
"Making the most of simple, fresh ingredients found at your local Farmer's Market, these quesadillas make great appetizers or a quick and healthy meal," says recipe creator Jennifer Baker. Follow her suggestion of serving with salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for dipping.
Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Sauce
This ultra quick grilled fish recipe features two summertime favorites: herbaceous cilantro and spicy jalapeños. HungryMama says, "I was very impressed with how good this recipe turned out with little prep work and a short simple ingredient list!"
California Grilled Veggie Sandwich
Bright in both color and flavor, this wow-worthy sandwich contains a collection of grilled veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, red bell peppers, and onions. "Trust me, you will not miss the meat in this sandwich!" says KoalaGirl.
Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak
Let the season's best peppers star in this simple slow cooker recipe. "Very tender and flavorful, this recipe is one of our family's favorites," says recipe creator MJWAGNER68. "It's great to make ahead of time in the slow cooker and then serve over rice, egg noodles, or chow mein."
Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry
Not only is this stir-fry super simple to make, it's easy to adjust to what fresh produce you have available. "I used certain veggies I had on hand, but any seasonal veggies may be used," says recipe creator veggigoddess. Serve over rice or noodles for a more filling meal.
Sheet Pan Nachos
Hot or Cold Vegetable Frittata
Recipe creator PEGAREE describes this recipe as "Not your typical zucchini quiche" and suggests serving up this veggie-packed egg dish either hot or cold, making it an ideal make-ahead dinner.